Aviva Premiership
Griffiths backs nomadic season
ESPN Staff
July 16, 2012
Mouritz Botha celebrates with his Saracens team-mates, Harlequins v Saracens, Aviva Premiership, Twickenham, London, England, December 27, 2011
Ed Griffiths has backed Sarries to cope with 'home from home' plans © Getty Images
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Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths is adamant that his side can cope with the rigours of their nomadic existence next season.

The 2010-11 Aviva Premiership champions will play five 'home' games at their traditional Vicarage Road home, five at their new Barnet Copthall Stadium and further matches at Wembley, Twickenham, in Milton Keynes and another at a currently unnamed London stadium. The team will hardly have a chance to settle but Griffiths claims that the players and the management are fully behind their plans to take Saracens on the road next season.

"It was always going to be a season of transition and I'm pretty happy that we've come up with a season that will have quite a few unique and spectacular events in the first half of the season, before settling into our new home in the second half of the season," Griffiths told the BBC. "The players like big events, they like big crowds and they like big occasions and that's really what we've tried to provide.

"I went through the schedule with the players and the response from them and the coaches was overwhelmingly positive. We are a club that tends to see good things rather than bad things - I think the relentlessly positive approach probably shines through."

Saracens will play the Exeter Chiefs in the first match at their new Barnet home on February 16 and Griffiths is adamant that the ground will be up there with the best in the country.

"We're confident of delivering a really fantastic sporting venue and a fantastic experience for our supporters," said Griffiths. "We're going to have four video screens, one in each corner of the ground, the only ground in the country to have that; we're going to have an artifical turf pitch, again the only ground in the country to have that, I think we're going to have an awful lot going on and I anticipate we will be full."

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